Two divers lost their lives after encountering difficulties while exploring a shipwreck off the coast of Żonqor, Marsascala, on Saturday morning.

The police received an emergency call at 10:30 am regarding the incident.

According to local media reports on Sunday, the two divers, both Polish nationals, were rescued by an AFM boat and attended to by medical teams upon reaching shore.

Sources revealed that the divers were part of a diving school expedition exploring Le Polynesien, a World War I shipwreck located at a depth of 50 meters when the tragedy occurred.

One of the divers, aged 45, experienced a problem at depth. The second diver, attempting to assist his colleague, encountered issues during the ascent, leading to missed decompression and the subsequent emergency.

The divers were transported by ambulance to Mater Dei Hospital, where one was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The second diver, aged 48, later succumbed to his injuries.

Magistrate Joseph Mifsud has been notified and has initiated an inquiry into the case. Police investigations are ongoing.